How to Clean Peel and Stick Backsplash

Installing a peel and stick backsplash can be a quick and easy way to update the look of your kitchen. However, like all backsplash materials, peel and stick backsplash requires occasional cleaning to keep it looking its best. Here is a comprehensive guide on how to properly clean peel and stick backsplash.

Supplies Needed

  • Mild dish soap or all-purpose cleaner
  • Soft sponge or microfiber cloth
  • Soft towel for drying
  • Squeegee (optional)

Tips Before Cleaning

  • Allow any caulk around the edges to fully cure before cleaning according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • Test cleaners on a small inconspicuous area first to ensure it does not damage the finish.
  • Do not use abrasive scrubbing pads or brushes as they can scratch the surface.
  • Avoid harsh chemicals like bleach, ammonia, or acidic cleaners.

Routine Cleaning

It is best to get in the habit of quick daily wipe downs and weekly deep cleaning for long-lasting peel and stick backsplash.

Daily Cleaning

  • Fill a spray bottle with warm water and a small amount of mild dish soap or all-purpose cleaner.
  • Mist the backsplash and wipe down with a soft microfiber cloth or sponge using minimal pressure.
  • Rinse any soap residue and towel dry.

Weekly Deep Cleaning

  • Make a cleaning solution of warm water and dish soap in a bucket or sink.
  • Dip a soft sponge in the solution and wring out any excess water.
  • Gently scrub the entire backsplash surface using circular motions.
  • Rinse thoroughly with clean water and wipe dry with a soft lint-free towel.
  • Use a plastic squeegee to wipe off any remaining water.

Tougher Stain Removal

For tougher grease, food splatters, hard water spots, soap scum, and other stuck-on stains:

  • Try scrubbing the stain gently with baking soda and a soft sponge or microfiber cloth. The baking soda will provide extra abrasion to lift the stain without scratching.
  • Make a paste with baking soda and water and apply to the stained area. Allow to sit for 15 minutes before scrubbing and rinsing. The paste will help draw out some stubborn stains.
  • Use an all-purpose cleaner specifically designed for kitchens and bathrooms. Spray or apply to stains, allow to sit briefly and scrub clean.
  • For extremely stubborn stains, apply a small amount of liquid dish soap directly on the stain and allow to sit for 20-30 minutes before scrubbing. This will help break down greasy, oil-based stains.
  • Avoid using too much pressure when scrubbing as that can damage the peel and stick material. Repeat applications and allowing cleaners or baking soda paste to sit on stains for longer can help lift difficult stains.

Cleaning Grout Lines

It is important to keep grout lines clean to prevent buildup of dirt, grime, and mold growth.

  • Use a small grout brush or old toothbrush to scrub grout lines. Dip the brush in the cleaning solution first to help lift dirt from the grout.
  • For mildew stains in grout lines, make a baking soda paste. Apply the paste along grout lines and allow to sit for 10-15 minutes before scrubbing clean.
  • A mixture of 1 part bleach to 4 parts water can also help kill mildew that forms in grout lines. Scrub lines with this solution using an old toothbrush.
  • Be very careful not to get cleaning products on the peel and stick surface itself as bleach or other harsh chemicals can discolor or damage the material.

Prevention Tips

  • Wipe up spills immediately to prevent stains setting in.
  • Use a squeegee after each shower or bath to wipe off excess moisture to prevent soap scum and mildew.
  • Install an exhaust fan if necessary to control humidity and prevent moisture damage.
  • Re-caulk as needed around edges to protect from water getting behind the backsplash.
  • Consider occasional re-application of grout sealer in problem areas prone to mildew growth.

When to Seek Professional Help

If stains or damage occur that you are unable to remove with normal cleaning methods, consider contacting a countertop repair company for professionals who work with peel and stick materials. They can assess if the backsplash needs refinishing or replacing.


With proper routine cleaning and immediate treatment of spills and stains, a peel and stick backsplash can continue looking fresh for many years. Avoid abrasive scouring and harsh chemicals. Mild dish soap, baking soda, and commercial kitchen cleaners are generally safe options. Keep grout clean and moisture under control. Seek professional help for significant stains or damage that require refinishing. With just a little regular care, peel and stick backsplash is an easy-maintenance option to keep your kitchen looking its best.